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    A strong attack on countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was launched by Mr.?

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    MV Diallo Telli down steps and greeted.

    GV Telli and party across tarmac


    TRANSCRIPT: TELLI: SEQ 3: "What I mean is very clear...(indistinct)..I merely repeat the constant stand of O.A.U. Everybody knows that Portugal is an under-developed country who cannot in fact manufacture anything and even left alone, Portugal cannot face its own people, not to speak about the freedom fighters of Africa, not to speak about the independent State of Africa. So poor Portugal, and vary under-developed Portugal is capable of launching aggression and, as you know, it did it against Zambia, against Tanzania, against Congo-Kinshasa in the past, Congo-Brazzaville, Senegal and various(indistinct). This has been confirmed by the objective report of the mission of the United Nations, composed of representatives of the five continents, who unanimously recognised that the regular armed forces of Portugal were involved and they used boats, warships, submarines, bombers. It is clear that it is through Nato that Portugal can have these, so if you want to go to the root of the problem it is easy to know that what the aggressor of Guinea, in the particular case, and in Africa in general, is not the true Portugal. The ...people who are giving arms, who are giving ammunition, who are giving technical, material and military assistance to Portugal, namely the Nato powers.

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    Background: A strong attack on countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was launched by Mr. Diallo Telli, secretary-general of the Organisation of African Unity, when he arrived in Nigeria on Saturday (5 December). He said that Portugal was involved in the recent rain on Guinea and this meant that NATO was also involved as it supplies arms to Portugal.

    Mr Telli was speaking at Lagos Airport on arrival for the O.A.U. Ministerial Council meeting which opens on Wednesday (9 December). The secretary general, who is a Guinean himself, said he hoped the meeting would take appropriate measures to prevent a recurrence of the Guinean invasion two weeks ago.

    If Portugal was not discouraged, he did not know who would be the next victim. To get to the root of the problem, it was necessary to know the people who were giving military assistance to Portugal, "namely the NATO powers".

    A five-member U.N. investigation team has charged that the invasion of Guinea was carried out by Portuguese forces "acting in conjunction with Guinean dissident elements from outside". Portugal has denied the charge.

    Afro-Asian members of the United Nations will this week try to get the Security Council to condemn Portugal for its alleged part in the incident.

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